The Physical Education Curriculum includes six strands:

  • Athletics
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Games
  • Outdoor and adventure activities
  • Aquatics

The Athletics strand incorporates a range of activities including running, jumping and throwing. These activities provide children with individual challenges and motivate them to participate in more formalised approaches to athletics in later stages of physical development.

Dance in the Physical Education Curriculum encourages children to improve body management skills, to understand movement, to work with others and to develop creativity and imagination.

Gymnastics focuses on body actions such as jumping, turning, swinging and balancing. This strand is also concerned with the control and management of body movements in increasingly challenging situations. 

Involving children in games enables them to appreciate and enjoy games both as participants and as spectators.

The outdoor and adventure activities strand is a new aspect of the curriculum. Schools can plan for walking, cycling, orienteering and other outdoor challenges suited to children’s needs, interests and circumstances. 

The aquatics programme involves not only teaching children how to swim but promoting children’s enjoyment of water-based activities also. The curriculum stresses the importance of play in the development of competence in the water.

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Each child in our school takes part in P.E. each week. We have a multi-purpose hall, basketball courts, two yards, a double-sided sports wall and we also have access to the sports field beside the school. Pupils from 1st to 4th class have swimming lessons in the local pool. We have links in particular to Setanta and Éire Óg and we greatly appreciate the support they give us. Students from the Gaelcholáiste  and Carlow I.T. also help out with coaching. 

The school is particularly renowned for our involvement in our native games. We take part in the Cumann na mBunscol competitions each year in hurling, camogie, girls’ and boys’ football and handball.We are invited to take part in the football blitz in the Rathcairn Gaeltacht regularly. The team is a mixed one, where boys and girls play together and the children stay overnight.

We also compete in squash,showjumping, rowing and basketball inter-schools competitions. The boys won the county final in basketball this year and the girls also reached the final.

We love to play hurling and camogie too. We play in both the indoor and outdoor Cumann na mBunscol competitions. When our former principal Bríde de Róiste retired, the school presented a hurling cup to Cumann na mBunscol in her honour, so we always have a special welcome for that cup to the school!